Hertha out for Union revenge | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 23, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 23, 2020

Hertha out for Union revenge

Hertha Berlin will look to build on their winning return to Bundesliga action last weekend following the coronavirus suspension and avenge November's derby defeat by city rivals Union when the pair meet on Friday in the German capital.

Union, the side from the east of Berlin, pulled off a famous 1-0 win over their west Berlin rivals when the teams met for the first time in the top division this season.

The return match at Hertha's Olympic Stadium home would in normal times have been a 74,000 sellout.

"We all remember the match at the Alten Foersterei. It was a black, black, day. Now we've got the chance to put it behind us just a bit," said Hertha's general manager Michael Preetz.

"The conditions are very different, therefore it's a different sort of derby," added Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia, who started with a win in his first match last Saturday.

The Bundesliga became the first major European league to resume last weekend following the two-month shutdown, with draconian hygiene measures enforced at all matches across the country.

Players are undergoing regular virus tests while games are being played behind closed doors as part of strict guidelines approved by the government.

Germany's top two tiers will pay tribute to the victims of the virus outbreak over the course of the next two rounds of matches. More than 8,000 people have died in the country, which has reported over 175,000 cases of COVID-19.

Players will also wear black armbands and observe a moment of reflection before the start of each match.

Borussia Dortmund will try to keep pace with leaders Bayern Munich away to Wolfsburg ahead of Tuesday's crucial top-two showdown at Signal Iduna Park, although they could be without captain Marco Reus for the remainder of the season due to a thigh injury.

Bayern, four points clear at the top, host Eintracht Frankfurt, who won 5-1 in the reverse fixture.

Champions League quarterfinalists RB Leipzig go to Mainz on Sunday, having have fallen behind in the title chase after three successive draws.

 

TV Times

 

SATURDAY

Star Sports Select 2

Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund

Live from 7:30pm

Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt

Live from 10:30pm

Star Sports Select 1

Borussia M'gladbach v Bayer Leverkusen

Live from 7:30pm

SUNDAY

Star Sports Select 2

Schalke v Augsberg

Live from 5:30pm

Mainz v Leipzig

Live from 7:30pm

FC Koln v Fortuna Dusseldorf

Live from 10:30pm

TUESDAY

Star Sports Select 2

Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich

Live from 10:30pm

Werder Bremen v Borussia M'gladbach

Live from 12:30am (Wednesday)

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